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The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Two Harpsichords & One Flute, October 9th, 1 PM

LIsten to a re-broadcast of Ton Koopman's debut concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Conductor, harpsichordist, and early music specialist Ton Koopman conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in this Sunday’s re-broadcast at 1 pm. It's a Verizon Hall concert from this past March, during which Koopman teams with his wife, harpsichordist Tini Mathot, in a performance of C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto for Two Harpsichords, a boldly experimental work by a composer well-known for his innovation and dynamism.

Sunday’s program of music from the Baroque and Classical periods begins with the Third Orchestral Suite of J.S. Bach, one of his largest instrumental compositions, and then those two harpsichords will be side-by-side for the C.P E. Bach concerto.

The second half of the program features music by the two towering figures of 18th-century Viennese Classicism, Haydn and Mozart, who were themselves a generation apart in age, but nonetheless friends and mutually enthusiastic colleagues.

Mozart composed the first of his two flute concertos in 1778 while on his way to Paris, and we’ll hear the Flute Concerto No. 1 played by The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Principal Flute, Jeffrey Khaner.

Flutist Jeffrey Khaner

Listen to a conversation between WRTI's Susan Lewis and Jeffrey Khaner.

And finally, the concert concludes with one of Haydn’s six “Paris” symphonies, the No. 83, its nickname, “The Hen” (which did not come from Haydn), referencing the clucking theme in the opening movement.

During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis will speak backstage with Ton Koopman, Tini Mathot, and Jeff Khaner.

Be sure to join us this Sunday, October 9th from 1 to 3 pm for an 18th-century Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on WRTI, between 1 and 3 pm!

Detailed program notes from the concert


J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3

C.P.E. Bach: Concerto In F for Two Harpsichords

Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot, harpsichords


Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1

Jeffrey Khaner, flute

Haydn: Symphony No. 83 (The “Hen”)

Ton Koopman, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia and streaming online at WRTI.org, every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm.

Gregg was the host of WRTI's morning drive show from 2012 until his retirement from WRTI in January, 2021. He began producing and hosting The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts in 2013, joining the Orchestra in Hong Kong for the first-ever live international radio broadcasts from that island in 2016, and in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for two historic broadcasts in 2018. You can still hear Gregg as host of the Orchestra broadcasts every Sunday and Monday on WRTI.